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Apr 3

Marine Science in the Morning Series Returns to the St. Lucie County Aquarium

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Time: 9:00 am
Date: Wednesday April 3, 2019
Location: The Smithsonian Exhibit
Address: 420 Seaway Drive
Category: Educational
The Smithsonian’s Marine Science in the Morning Lecture series returns to the St. Lucie County Aquarium on January 16. Held on select Wednesdays at 9 a.m. through April, this series features scientists, researchers and other professionals working in the marine science fields.

The cost for the Marine Science in the Morning Lecture Series is $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and includes admission into the Aquarium. For details call 772-465-3271 or visit:

March 6 – Surface Water Runoff on the Indian River Lagoon with Lisa Kimsky, University of Florida/IFAS Extension Sea Grant program. Dr. Krimsky will speak to us about the source and concentrations of surface water nutrients from residential waterfront homes in the northern Indian River Lagoon. The project is investigating three things: 1) the amount of nutrients associated with surface water runoff from both conventional and Florida Friendly landscapes, 2) the source of those nutrients through the nitrogen isotopic signature and 3) the impact of the fertilizer ordinance blackout that is in effect during the wet season.

· April 3 – The Tale of Two Mega Spills: What the Deepwater Horizon and Ixtoc Spills Mean to a Healthy Gulf of Mexico with Benjamin Prueitt, C-IMAGE Consortium. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, hundreds of scientists began a decade-long research program studying the mechanisms and impacts on the waters, sediments and life in the Gulf of Mexico. As we approach the 9th anniversary of the spill, the results of these field surveys, modeling efforts and laboratory experiments are creating a holistic picture of the impacts of oil spills and what may occur during the next mega spill.

The Smithsonian Exhibit is located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium, 420 Seaway Drive, on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. The Smithsonian Marine Station teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to open this unique educational facility in 2001. The Smithsonian Exhibit is an outreach effort of the Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. A fixture in the Fort Pierce community for more than 40 years, the Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida.

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